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Teaser and the Firecat
Studio album by Cat Stevens
Released September 1, 1971
Recorded March 1971,
Morgan Studios, London
Genre Folk Rock
Length 32:39
Label A&M (U.S.)
Island (UK)
Producer Paul Samwell-Smith
Professional reviews
Cat Stevens chronology
Tea for the Tillerman
Teaser and the Firecat
Catch Bull at Four

Teaser and the Firecat is an album released by Cat Stevens in 1971. It contains 10 songs including hits such as "Morning Has Broken," "Moonshadow," and "Peace Train." It is also the title of a children's book written and illustrated by Cat Stevens. The story features the title characters from the album cover, top-hatted young Teaser and his pet Firecat, who attempt to put the moon back in its place after it falls from the sky. Published in 1972, the book has been out of print since the mid-1970s.

The album was a commercial success, surpassing the heights achieved by Stevens' previous album, Tea for the Tillerman, reaching both the UK and US Top 3 and also spending an impressive fifteen weeks at the top of the Australian charts, becoming the biggest-selling album of the country in 1972.

In 1977 an animated version, narrated by Spike Milligan and using the song Moonshadow, was a segment in Fantastic Animation Festival.

In November 2008, a 'Deluxe Edition' was released featuring a second disc of demos and live recordings.

In 2009 the australian singer Gabriella Cilmi covered the song "How Can I Tell You" for the compilation 50 Years of Island Records.


Track listing

All songs were written by Cat Stevens, except where noted.

Side one

  1. "The Wind" – 1:42
  2. "Rubylove" – 2:37
  3. "If I Laugh" – 3:20
  4. "Changes IV" – 3:32
  5. "How Can I Tell You" – 4:24

Side two

  1. "Tuesday's Dead" – 3:36
  2. "Morning Has Broken" (words Eleanor Farjeon) – 3:20
  3. "Bitterblue" – 3:12
  4. "Moonshadow" – 2:52
  5. "Peace Train" – 4:04

Deluxe Edition

Disc two

  1. "Moonshadow [Live at the Troubadour]" – 3:06
  2. "Rubylove [Demo Version]" – 2:53
  3. "If I Laugh [Demo Version]" – 4:04
  4. "Changes IV [Demo Version]" – 3:36
  5. "How Can I Tell You [Demo Version]" – 4:03
  6. "Morning Has Broken [Demo Version]" (Eleanor Farjeon) – 2:49
  7. "Bitterblue [Royal Albert Hall 1972]" – 3:38
  8. "Tuesday's Dead [Majikat Earth Tour 1976]" – 4:09
  9. "Peace Train [Royal Albert Hall 2003]" – 4:12
  10. "The Wind [Yusuf's Café]" – 1:59




Year Chart Peak Position
1971 Billboard Pop Albums 2
1971 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1
1972 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1


Year Song Chart Peak Position
1971 "Moonshadow" Billboard Adult Contemporary 10
1971 "Moonshadow" Billboard Pop Singles 30
1971 "Peace Train" Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
1971 "Peace Train" Billboard Pop Singles 7
1972 "Morning Has Broken" Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
1972 "Morning Has Broken" Billboard Pop Singles 6


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold October 18, 1971
RIAA – USA Platinum February 22, 2001
RIAA – USA Double Platinum February 22, 2001
RIAA – USA Triple Platinum February 22, 2001


Preceded by
Every Picture Tells a Story by Rod Stewart
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
December 6, 1971 - January 9, 1972
January 24 - April 2, 1972
Succeeded by
Imagine by John Lennon

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